In recent decades, governments have promoted social enterprise as a means to address welfare and tackle disadvantage. Early academic work on social enterprises reflected this development and engaged with their ability to deliver and create jobs, work towards remedial environmental goals, and address a range of societal challenges. More recently, researchers have started to investigate the broader potential of social enterprise for the wellbeing of people and the planet.

In this context, this book aims to answer the question: In what ways can social enterprises improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities? The chapters in this edited collection take different perspectives on assessing how social enterprises address disadvantage and deliver health and wellbeing impacts. Drawing on evidence from international research studies, Social Enterprise, Health, and Wellbeing: Theory, Methods, and Practice presents the ‘first wave’ of innovative research on this topic and provides a platform of evidence to inspire the next generation of scholarly and policy interest.

Drawing on the cutting edge of interdisciplinary research in the field, this book will be of interest to researchers, academics, policymakers, and students in the fields of entrepreneurship, public and social policy, community development, public health, human geography, and urban planning.

chapter 1|23 pages

Social Enterprise, Health, and Wellbeing

A Timely Topic for Uncertain Times?

section Section 1|80 pages

Applying Theory for Insights

chapter 2|22 pages

Social Enterprises as Spaces of Wellbeing

A Spatial and Relational Exploration of Where and How Wellbeing Realises

chapter 4|18 pages

Community Wellbeing and Social Enterprise

Place, Visibility, and Social Capital

chapter 5|20 pages

Community Economies of Wellbeing

How Social Enterprises Contribute to ‘Surviving Well Together’

section Section 2|83 pages

Extending Methodological Frontiers

section Section 3|102 pages

New Insights for Practice

chapter 12|19 pages

Working With Care

Work Integration Social Enterprise Practitioner Labour

chapter 13|19 pages

Meeting People Where They're at

Building an Inclusive Workplace for Disabled People

chapter 14|23 pages

Beyond the State of the Art

Where Do We Go Next on the Topic of Social Enterprise, Health, and Wellbeing?